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SMFC Announces 2011 Major Corporate Partners

SMFC Announces 2011 Major Corporate Partners

Friday, 18 February 2011 10:38 AM

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South Melbourne FC is proud to announce that Star21, Coffex Coffee, Antenna Pacific, K&A Accountants, AIS Insurance Brokers, and Clean Start are its Major Corporate Partners for the 2011 Victorian Premier League season.

As mentioned previously, Star21 is the Major Sponsor for the 2011 Victorian Premier League season. Star21 is a fully accredited Telstra Channel Partner that provides a full range of expertise, experience and capacity on offer as a broad-spectrum telecommunications solution. Furthermore, Star21 enjoys the reputation of being one of Telstra’s most successful channel partners, and has earned this position due to innovative and leading edge solutions to its many loyal clients. Its dedication to its client base is second to none and Star21 believes in the longevity of business relationships.

They can provide access to the latest Telstra technology and the very best in professional customer service. They do this by delivering Telstra’s world class technology, products, solutions, service and performance to a client’s business. Star21 can plan and build a network strategy that takes the best that technology has on offer and tailors it specifically for your business needs. With years of expertise, your data is in the best hands.

Renewing their sponsorship for another season is Coffex Coffee. Coffex was founded in the late 1950s, in response to the shortage of quality espresso coffee beans in Melbourne at that time. The first Coffex beans were roasted in the first Coffex shop in Coburg, Victoria, using equipment which had to be especially imported from Europe. From these humble beginnings Coffex has grown to become one of Australia’s largest suppliers of premium ground coffee and beans. As Coffex’s reputation for quality spread, the public demanded the same great taste in their homes as at their local Coffex café; Coffex was happy to oblige and today Coffex is sold at leading retailers all around the Asia-Pacific region.

In addition, Antenna Pacific TV has renewed their association with South Melbourne FC. Antenna Pacific TV has been a corporate partner since 2007, and has allowed South Melbourne FC to be one of very few clubs outside the A League the ability to advertise on national television. Currently, Antenna Pacific TV has over 70,000 subscribers on the Foxtel, Optus, Austar, and Select TV platforms, reaches over 200,000 viewers nationally. In addition to the live news bulletin, Hellenic series, entertainment and current affair shows of Antenna Pacific TV, the daily schedule is enriched with tailored features for Greeks living abroad including: Hellenic movies, children’s programming, a weekly. Special emphasis has been given to the sport programming as the subscription channels of Antenna Pacific TV have secured the exclusive rights for the Hellenic Superleague and Hellenic Soccer Cup.

Long-term supporter of South Melbourne FC, AIS Insurance Brokers, has joined as the shorts sponsor. AIS Insurance Brokers commenced operations in 1990 and have steadily grown to become the leading autonomous Victorian based Insurance Broker. AIS Insurance Brokers are members of the national Corplex Network of Insurance Brokers, Steadfast Group Limited, Australian and New Zealand Institute of Insurance and Finance and also the National Insurance Brokers Association of Australia.

Another new corporate partner joining the South Melbourne FC family is Clean Start. The Clean Start logo will feature proudly on the back of the playing shorts. Cleanstart was founded by father and son, George and Nick Kakridas. The company’s approach is to establish a culture in which team work, safety and individual excellence are encouraged. Cleanstart is committed to providing a cleaning program that meets with client’s individual needs, ensuring that all work adheres to statuary regulations, guidelines and specifications, investing the company’s time, money and expertise in the ongoing training and supervision of its support members, continually understanding our client’s changing need, and offering continuous resources to all staff to ensure and promote ability, morale, safety and security. Long-term financial supporter of the Club, K&A Accountants owned by Club President Leo Athanasakis, has increased their financial commitment to the Club by taking out the back of shirt sponsorship. K & A Accountants is a centrally located Accounting Practice in Melbourne’s inner suburb of Brunswick with an affiliate Financial Planning office in the surrounding suburb of Essendon, offering services to Small and Medium clients both locally and interstate. With an experienced team, consisting of one Principal accountant and two intermediate accountants, they provide high quality services with a one-on-one approach to help maximise client growth and prosperity.

Head of Corporate Sales, Marketing, and Events, George Triantos, speaking to, said “we are delighted to have secured successful corporate partners for the 2011 Victorian Premier League season, and in particular, we welcome Star21 and Clean Start to the SMFC family. We hope that it will be a long-standing relationship between both organisations. I would also like to thank Club President Leo Athanasakis for increasing his financial commitment to the Club by elevating his sponsorship. We thank all our existing sponsors to continuing to support SMFC. I ask all South fans and members to get behind our sponsors, and assist the organisations that are committing their support for this great club”.

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